Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment


State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Nebraska's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits relationship recognition for same-sex couples in the state.

In 2013, private lawyers filed a lawsuit in Nebraska seeking legal respect for a same-sex couple's out-of-state marriage. Read more about marriage litigation in Nebraska.


In 2000, anti-gay forces in Nebraska pushed through Initiative Measure 416, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status. 

In May 2005, a federal court declared the amendment unconstitutional, but a federal appeals court reinstated it in July 2006.


  • Citizens for Equal Protection is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families in the state of Nebraska
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. 
  • Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. 


A majority of Nebraskans, 54%, support some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples, with 32% saying they support marriage and an additional 22% saying they support civil union. (The Omaha World-Herald Poll, October 2012


According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 2,356 same-sex couples are living in Nebraska, representing 3.3 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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